Fast Food Review: Chicken Tenders from Burger King
First off, this is a review on chicken nuggets not tenders. I consider chicken tenders not to be minced up chicken in nugget form. Who’s with me? Chicken “tenders” are more like chicken strips right? A good example: Carl’s Jr. Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders. Put up an all-white meat strip of hand-breaded chicken up against what Burger King is calling Chicken Tenders and you’ll see that they are pretty different… because one is a tender and one is a nugget. Sorry for the minutia. Anyways, BK has done away with the mediocre Crown-Shaped Chicken “Tenders” and now has an all new creation sans-crown, dubbed simply Chicken Tenders.
Burger King describes their new Chicken Tenders like this:
Four pieces, eight pieces, twenty pieces. But don’t let that limit you. If you want 24 of the new, crispy Chicken Tenders, just order a twenty and a four. Thirty-two? Order a twenty, a four and an eight. What’s that you ask? You want an odd number of Chicken Tenders? Easy. Order any amount, take one, dip it in some BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch, or Sweet & Sour sauce, eat it and presto. An odd remainder. (Frankly, most of the mathematical variety here will depend on you eating a few. Mmm. Crispy, delicious mathematical variety.)
When you cut through the annoying description, the only pertinent word used to tell me what these tenders are like is “crispy”. So are they crispy? Meh, I’ve had crispier. I’d describe McNuggets as “crispy”, these BK tenders I’d describe as a bit on the soft side. Soft isn’t a word that should be used to describe a breaded morsel of chicken. The breading isn’t too bad, but the chicken itself feels overly processed and nothing like a chicken tender should be. Chick-fil-A Nuggets holds the title of nugget quality more so for the quality morsel of chicken and not having to rely on breading. The BK tenders have that same squishy quality that you find with Wendy’s nuggets (but still “crispier” than Wendy’s). The breading doesn’t seem to be skimped on these things, but they provide little impact and very little crispy crunch that I’d hope for.
As for taste, a great nugget stands alone without the help of dipping sauces. That said, a nice selection of dipping sauces can definitely help out a struggling nugget (or tender). These new BK Chicken Tenders don’t stand alone well, they require a good dipper. Luckily, there are a nice number of options. You’ve got 6 (not 4) to choose from here with some standard tastes: BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch and Sweet & Sour…. along with the slightly more interesting Buffalo Sauce and a Zesty Sauce. I was a big fan of the Zesty. Nice smoky taste and mild heat, the Zesty Sauce quickly became my sauce of choice. I’d put Burger King’s sauce selection right behind Chick-fil-A in terms of quality and selection. Well done.
In closing, it didn’t seem like a difficult task to improve upon the old Crown-Shaped Tenders (which in my humble opinion, I found quite mediocre). The new Chicken Tenders are an upgrade and still have a nice price at just $1.00 for 4. They won’t be winning any awards for stand-out quality, but they are a step in the right direction. At the end of the day though, they still only move from the realm of disappointingly mediocre
Pros: Price. Selection of dipping sauces. Slight improvement over the Crown-Shaped Tenders.
Cons: Lacks quality chunk of chicken. These are not tenders, they are nuggets. Boring, not-that-crispy breading. Does not stand alone well without dipping sauces.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: 1.00 for 4
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Chicken Tenders (4 count)
Calories - 190
Fat - 11 grams
Saturated Fat - 2 grams
Cholesterol - 25 milligrams
Carbs - 8 grams
Sodium - 310 milligrams
Sugars - 0 grams
Protein - 10 grams